Commissioning Editor Kate Smith has acquired World English Language rights to two historical novels by author Lelita Baldock from Anna Klerfalk of InterSaga Literary Agency.

The Baker’s Daughter is set in Latvia during the Second World War and follows the journey of a young woman who is forced to flee from her family’s bakery in the Nazi occupied city of Riga. It was partly inspired by the experience of Baldock’s relatives in Latvia during the first Soviet invasion and Nazi Occupation in World War Two. It will be published in e-book, paperback and audio on 25 January 2024 with a second historical novel scheduled for later in the year.

Born and raised in Australia, Baldock relocated to Surrey in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English Literature and History, and a Bachelor of Education, specialising in English.

Baldock says,

“I could not be happier to have signed with Storm for The Baker’s Daughter and an upcoming second novel. The story of The Baker’s Daughter is close to my heart. Loosely based on my own family history, the research and writing of this novel has been a deeply personal journey. The enthusiasm and genuine excitement Kate showed for my manuscript from our first chat showed me that she was the perfect set of hands to help me prepare this story to share with the world. I cannot wait to enjoy every experience on this new adventure and I am proud to be a part of such a vibrant and exciting group of authors under the Storm banner.”

Smith adds,

“From the very first pages of The Baker’s Daughter I was swept away by Lelita’s talent for storytelling and character-building. The emotional journey at the heart of the book is deeply moving and it’s clear throughout that the historical detail has been researched with great care. I can’t wait for readers to discover this heart-breaking story for themselves early next year.”

Klerfalk says,

“Intersaga Literary Agency is delighted to have signed with Storm Publishing, UK’s new and upcoming digital publisher. Lelita Baldock’s historical novel, The Baker’s Daughter, couldn’t have found a better home and Kate Smith is the perfect editor for it. I can’t wait to work with the brilliant and experienced team at Storm Publishing.”

For more information about Lelita Baldock, please visit her website, Facebook or Twitter.

Oliver Rhodes

Storm Managing Director

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